Fido

Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Zombie movies rock, and Canadian made Zombie movies are killer (ha!). Rather than brave the drunken rowdy crowds, the biting cold, and the bright lights and loud bangs, I settled my butt onto the couch, grabbed my favourite movie-watching blanket, and watched Fido.

Set in an idyllic small town straight from the set of Pleasantville, Timmy Robinson is a lonely little boy. He has no friends, is constantly bullied, and a distant father obsessed with funerals, including insuring that his family will have their own rather than turn zombie when they die. After the Zombie Wars, ZomCon was established to protect the living from the undead. They erected large fences which enclose each town seperating them from the "wild zone" where zombies run shuffle free, and kids take target practice on a rifle range rather than run around at recess.

One day, the head of Zomcon's security (Henry Czerny perfectly cast!) moves into the neighbourhood and everyone thinks this will make theirs the safest street in town. However, when Timmy's new best friend, a zombie he's named Fido (Billy Connolly), kills the nosy old lady next door, it sets off a plague of zombies which threatens the entire town. Timmy, his mom (Carrie-Anne Moss) and a gun-toting, zombie-loving neighbour (Tim Blake Nelson) are in a race against time to save the townsfolk from a certain (and bloody) end, Fido from certain destruction, and themselves from a life without their favourite walking, grunting, corpse.

I've been looking forward to seeing this for months, and it was worth the wait. While not as funny as I'd hoped (Shaun of the Dead produced more outright laughs), it was a great little film. Connolly was fantastic as Fido, grunting and shuffling along, not a single line of real dialogue. Perfect casting. Fido is a great tongue in cheek look at the whole Zombie film genre - check it out!

Captain recommended.

4 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I almost rented this movie the other day.

Karen said...

You should have picked it up. Next time you go to the store, grab it! I think you'll enjoy it.

Avid Andy said...

i have this to watch but havent yet. soon...

Sheamus the... said...

I fell in love with Moss again...

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